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Furnished as all Europe now is with Academies of Science, with nice instruments and the spirit of experiment, the progress of human knowledge will be rapid and discoveries made of which we have at present no conception. I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon, since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Prophecy today is hardly the romantic business that it used to be. The old tools of the trade, like the sword, the hair shirt, and the long fast in the wilderness, have given way to more contemporary, mundane instruments of doom --the book, the picket and the petition, the sit-in at City Hall.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The decay of decency in the modern age, the rebellion against law and good faith, the treatment of human beings as things, as the mere instruments of power and ambition, is without a doubt the consequence of the decay of the belief in man as something more than an animal animated by highly conditioned reflexes and chemical reactions. For, unless man is something more than that, he has no rights that anyone is bound to respect, and there are no limitations upon his conduct which he is bound to obey.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress. Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant; fail to use them and it is weak.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cannons and fire-arms are cruel and damnable machines; I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the Devil. If Adam had seen in a vision the horrible instruments his children were to invent, he would have died of grief.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The worth of a State, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it -- a State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes -- will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The universe appears to me like an immense, inexorable torture-garden. Passions, greed, hatred, and lies; law, social institutions, justice, love, glory, heroism, and religion: these are its monstrous flowers and its hideous instruments of eternal human suffering.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It's so different from sitting in your living room and writing a song on the piano by yourself. When I first started recording I had no idea what was going on. As time went by I figured it out. I had to learn about other instruments and how they work and fit together. It's like a puzzle.More [11/12/2006 12:11:00]
Television Reporter: Is there a specific instance in an airplane emergency when you can recall fear?
Jim Lovell: Uh well, I'll tell ya, I remember this one time - I'm in a Banshee at night in combat conditions, so there's no running lights on the carrier. It was the Shrangri-La, and we were in the Sea of Japan and my radar had jammed, and my homing signal was gone... because somebody in Japan was actually using the same frequency. And so it was - it was leading me away from where I was supposed to be. And I'm lookin' down at a big, black ocean, so I flip on my map light, and then suddenly: zap. Everything shorts out right there in my cockpit. All my instruments are gone. My lights are gone. And I can't even tell now what my altitude is. I know I'm running out of fuel, so I'm thinking about ditching in the ocean. And I, I look down there, and then in the darkness there's this uh, there's this green trail. It's like a long carpet that's just laid out right beneath me. And it was the algae, right? It was that phosphorescent stuff that gets churned up in the wake of a big ship. And it was - it was - it was leading me home. You know? If my cockpit lights hadn't shorted out, there's no way I'd ever been able to see that. So uh, you, uh, never know... what... what events are to transpire to get you home.More [04/08/2007 12:04:00]
Michelle: Now don't freak out I'm gonna do something to push your threshold.
Jim: Ow that's cold. What is that?
Michelle: I just shoved a trumpet in your ass. Aren't instruments fun?More [05/03/2007 12:05:00]
Ichabod Crane: Once more, the neck wound cauterized. The sword thrust to the stomach... the same. But, to what purpose?
Dr. Thomas Lancaster: To what is your purpose is the question.
[Dr. Lancaster inquisitively looks at one of Ichabod's operating tools]
Dr. Thomas Lancaster: What manner of instruments are these?
Ichabod Crane: Some of my own design!More [06/13/2007 12:06:00]
We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings, with such mental qualities and powers, for the sole purpose of being used as beasts, or instruments of labour.More [01/14/2008 12:01:00]
Dr. Lynn Denlon: I have the instruments to cut someone open. I don't have the tools to save a life.
Amanda: [glances down at the reverse beartrap on the ground] You'd be surprised what tools can save a life.More [02/19/2008 12:02:00]
The old Inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth.More [03/23/2008 12:03:00]
In turning from the smaller instruments in frequent use to the larger and more important machines, the economy arising from the increase of velocity becomes more striking.More [09/22/2008 12:09:00]
[about Pasteur]



Dr. Charbonnet:
You remember a few years ago, he was the cause of a slight controversy on the subject of sour wine.



Napoleon III:
Oh, yes, I recall.



Dr. Charbonnet:
He claimed to have found little animals in it... infinitesimal beasts.



Napoleon III:
But are there such creatures? Do they really exist?



Dr. Charbonnet:
Your Majesty, microscopic organisms have long been observed. They spring into being of their own accord wherever there is putrid matter or fermentation. They are the result rather than the cause of disease. By heating wine to certain temperature, Monsieur Pasteur was able to destroy them. I presume he plans to cure blood poisoning in the same manner: namely, by boiling our blood.



Napoleon III:
Heaven forbid.



Dr. Charbonnet:
It's not unlikely, I assure you.



Napoleon III:
But, I won't have it, Charbonnet. I won't tolerate such practices. We're not living in the Middle Ages. This is France... Paris... the nineteenth century.



Empress Eugenie:
I think Monsieur Pasteur should be allowed to defend himself.



Dr. Charbonnet:
But, your Majesty...



Empress Eugenie:
I, too, have read the pamphlet, Doctor Charbonnet. It said nothing about boiling blood - merely to boil the instruments that you surgeons use.



Dr. Charbonnet:
Your Majesty, if I did anything so absurd as to boil my instruments or scrub my hands, they'd think I was a witch doctor resorting to charms and laugh me out of the hospital.



Empress Eugenie:
That would be a novelty, Monsieur. Most people who go to hospitals are CARRIED out... dead.



Dr. Charbonnet:
Yes, Cahrbonnet. Why?

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Repkin:
Jason, what's your position?



Woody Jason:
My instruments tell me I'm flying upside-down 500 feet below lake Michigan, but they must be wrong, because I can see the lights of the field, run for cover, I'm commin' in!

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Thomas Colpeper, JP:
Well, there are more ways than one of getting close to your ancestors. Follow the old road, and as you walk, think of them and of the old England. They climbed Chillingbourne Hill, just as you. They sweated and paused for breath just as you did today. And when you see the bluebells in the spring and the wild thyme, and the broom and the heather, you're only seeing what their eyes saw. You ford the same rivers. The same birds are singing. When you lie flat on your back and rest, and watch the clouds sailing, as I often do, you're so close to those other people, that you can hear the thrumming of the hoofs of their horses, and the sound of the wheels on the road, and their laughter and talk, and the music of the instruments they carried. And when I turn the bend in the road, where they too saw the towers of Canterbury, I feel I've only to turn my head, to see them on the road behind me.

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Roy Rogers:
Well, this is North Creek and the spot you showed me on the map is just downstream. Frankie, is there the possibility that someone besides yourself would like to get a hold of that rocket?



Frankie Manning:
Very definitely - that's why I'm worried. It's an entirely new type and most of the computations are in J.D.'s head. If anything happened to him, or an unfriendly power got ahold of the instruments inside that rocket, it would be a terrible thing! But who around here...?



Roy Rogers:
You never can tell, it might be your next-door neighbor.

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Bart Collins:
I don't think the piano is my instrument.



Dr. Terwilliker:
What other instruments are there, pray tell? Scratchy violins, screechy piccolos, nauseating trumpets, et cetera, et cetera?

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Brutus:
Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar/ I have not slept./ Between the acting of a dreadful thing / And the first motion, all the interim is / Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream: / The Genius and the mortal instruments / Are then in council; and the state of man, / Like to a little kingdom, suffers then / The nature of an insurrection.

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Commentary:
No one would have believed in the middle of the 20th Century that human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than Man's. Yet, across the gulf of space on the planet Mars, intellects vast and cool and unsypathetic regarded our Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely joined their plans against us. Mars is more than 140 million miles from the sun, and for centuries has been in the last status of exhaustion. At night, temperatures drop far below zero even at its equator. Inhabitants of this dying planet looked across space with instruments and intelligences that which we have scarcely dreamed, searching for another world to which they could migrate.

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Dill Harris:
Let's go down to the courthouse and see the room that they locked Boo up in. My aunt says it's bat-infested, and he nearly died from the mildew. Come on. I bet they got chains and instruments of torture down there.

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George:
Okay, instruments at the ready...



John:
Okay, on the beat of one, a-two, a-three, a-four, a-five, a-six...



Ringo:
Hey, can't you make it three?



John:
Oh, all right, on the beat of three: A-one, a-two, a-three...

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Barre:
[blessing the torture instruments with holy water] We humbly beg of thee almighty God, in thy goodness, bless these instuments thou has created and given to us for our sacred use...



Grandier:
Devils in pieces of wood now, Barre?



Barre:
[pouring holy water on Grandier's legs] If they are not driven out, your devils might, by their infernal arts, prevent the torture being as excruciating as it should be. Then you would never confess, and your soul would be damned for eternity. Are you ready to confess?



Grandier:
I have been a man. I have loved women. I have enjoyed power.



Barre:
That's not what we want. You've been a magician. You've had commerce with devils!

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M. Bonancieux:
The Bastille! Well, I tell you, I don't want to go to the Bastille! Because it's got very deep dungeons and terrible instruments of torture operated by very unsympathetic men! And they snip very important parts off people!

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Narrator:
It is well to dream of glorious war in a snug armchair at home, but it is a very different thing to see it first hand. And after the death of his friend, Barry's thoughts turned from those of military glory to those of finding a way to escape the service to which he was now tied for another six years. Gentlemen may talk of the age of chivalry, but remember the ploughmen, poachers and pickpockets whom they lead. It is with these sad instruments that your great warriors and kings have been doing their murderous work in the world.

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Stromberg:
Observe, Mr. Bond, the instruments of Armageddon.

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Bill:
Ted, while I agree that, in time, our band will be most triumphant. The truth is, Wyld Stallyns will never be a super band until we have Eddie Van Halen on guitar.



Ted:
Yes, Bill. But, I do not believe we will get Eddie Van Halen until we have a triumphant video.



Bill:
Ted, it's pointless to have a triumphant video before we even have decent instruments.



Ted:
Well, how can we have decent instruments when we don't really even know how to play?



Bill:
That is why we NEED Eddie Van Halen!



Ted:
And THAT is why we need a triumphant video.



Bill, Ted:
EXCELLENT!


[air guitar, the clock chimes 8:00 am]



Bill:
Uh oh, we're late!



Ted:
For what?



Bill:
For school, dude!



Ted:
Oh yeah.

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Gordon Vette:
Ladies and gentlemen? Ladies and gentlemen! May I have your attention please? I'm Captain Vette. Don't be alarmed, there's nothing wrong with this plane. But, we do have a rather unusual circumstance here. We have received a distress call from an American pilot, flying a light plane somewhere in this area. His instruments have malfunctioned and he doesn't know where he is. He's lost. He's running out of fuel. But Pacific called us, and asked if we could assist him. Now, there's no danger to us. We have plenty of fuel. With your permission, I would like to try and find him.


[pause]



Enthusiastic Man:
Well, let's go for it!



Little Margaret:
Mister Captain, how did he get so lost?



Gordon Vette:
Come here, darling. I'll try to show everybody. Now, you make believe that you're that little lost plane. How would you do that?


[Margaret extends her arms as if she was an airplane]



Gordon Vette:
Terrific. Okay. Turn around. Now, you've been flying straight for hours. Hours and hours. And, a mean old crosswind comes up and tries to roll you away from your destination so...


[pointing at Derek, a little boy]



Gordon Vette:
Come on, here, son. You play that mean old crosswind. You try to veer her off course.


[Derek tries and pushes Margaret, but she resists]



Gordon Vette:
That a boy! But the pilot was smart. Bigger than t the crosswind. Flying against it. But he got fooled, because the crosswind suddenly stopped.


[Derek stops pushing her, and Margaret starts veering to the left]



Gordon Vette:
The instruments on the pilot's craft didn't warn him. Now, the little plane was flying as hard as he could against nothing! What do you think happened?



Little Margaret:
He flew that way.



Gordon Vette:
That's right. And so he must be somewhere over there.



Nervous Man:
But, what was he doing out there, flying around without any navigation equipment?



Gordon Vette:
He has an instrument called Automatic Direction Finder, but it's malfunctioning.



Enthusiastic Man:
Oh yeah! Bloody mess!



Gordon Vette:
What do you say? Should we give it a try?


[the children cheer]



Gordon Vette:
All right! Look out there, everybody! Gotta be somewhere! And thank you!


[Gordon walks back to the flight deck]



Vanessa Cross:
Gordon, you are an old smoothie!

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Droz:
Are we having a party tonight or what?



Cecilia:
Well, there's no publicity, so there's no people; Gutter never showed up, so there's no beer; instruments just blew out, so there's no band; and I think Raji and Deege may be dead.



Droz:
Wait a minute... no beer? Well, where the hell's Gutter?



Katy:
Probably in a parking lot somewhere picking his nose.


[cut to Gutter in a parking lot somewhere picking his nose]

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John Harrison:
It is 25 years since I first had the honor to address this board, under the chairmanship of Dr. Edmund 'Alley. And since that time I've worked with only one ambition: to satisfy your requirements as laid down by Act of Parliament, for the discovery of longitude at sea. It is with both great pride and honor, and humility, that I stand here today with my son, after his great triumph.



Dr. Bliss:
Thank you, Mr. Harrison, yes, thank you. Now. I have asked you here to inform you of the resolution of the Board: that, firstly, the *brief* calculations of Mr. William Harrison are to be sent for computation; and the instruments used in those observations are also to be sent for examination. The board will then consider these reports at a further meeting, the date of which will be announced in due course. That will be all for now, gentlemen.



John Harrison:
Sir, I am an old man, and an old man can sometimes find his senses unexpectedly weakened. There is perhaps an element of your argument that I have misunderstood, or even misheard. My watch lost... lost *one minute, 53 and a half seconds* after *81 days at sea*! As witnessed and signed in the, in the papers you have before you, which you seem so keen to put away. I have fulfilled the terms most exactly, as laid down in the Act of Queen Anne, and I demand that you consider the question of my reward.



Dr. Bliss:
Mr. Harrison, I am not a commissioner of the gaming board, here to settle some bet! I am a scientist bent on investigation of a most serious subject.

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Nikolai Volkoff:
I think we booby trapped our own instruments Comrad Sheik.



The Iron Sheik:
YOU BOBBY TRAPPED YOUR OWN BRAIN IS WHAT YOU DID!

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Presenter:
So you played all the instruments yourself?



Graham Coxon:
Yeah, but I never knew how a lot of 'em worked. I spent weeks trying to blow into the piano.



Graham Coxon:
[blows repeatedly] Then all the instruments started talking about me behind me back.

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Ace:
When was the last time you had that junk heap in for an MOT, professor?



The Doctor:
Don't be cynical, Ace. The instruments are just a little erratic, that's all.

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Ms. Heller:
The band sounds awful.



Principal Collins:
Ha ha. I sold the wood instruments for Hawaiian Air tickets.

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The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.More [07/07/2011 05:07:34]
Something that has so much power must have life. Instruments have life.More [07/14/2011 05:07:37]
But the reality is when you write a song, you should be able to strip away all the instruments and just have a song right there with an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the song should be good.More [07/15/2011 03:07:54]
The soprano has all those other instruments in it. It's got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.More [07/29/2011 04:07:57]
Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling.More [07/29/2011 11:07:50]
I have a piano and a guitar, and I tend to switch back and forth between those two instruments to help me get inspired.More [07/30/2011 06:07:06]
I'm making a record that's half stripped down acoustic which is the way I perform a lot and half of it is very produced. It's really hard to keep music simple but I was trying to keep it simple and focus on one or two instruments and vocals.More [08/03/2011 02:08:22]
I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted to hear a guitar played as a piano.More [08/05/2011 03:08:45]
God gave me the gift to be able to play instruments and I have to play.More [08/05/2011 04:08:16]
My musical background is like almost every non classical musician in the world. One day a special record was heard and that was it. I was hooked, started trying to play various instruments and was off to bar land to become a rock star. What else?More [08/09/2011 05:08:32]
The men of action are, after all, only the unconscious instruments of the men of thought.More [08/14/2011 04:08:04]
And then the last album, "Get It", was done over a shorter period of time and I started using other musicians, as opposed to playing all the instruments myself like I did on the other two.More [08/24/2011 05:08:34]
My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing, with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single, and then adding on instruments and voices, with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz.More [08/27/2011 02:08:09]
If you watch any good player, they're using different parts of their body and working with instruments that respond to those movements. They're moving in many dimensions at once.More [09/11/2011 06:09:47]
We were gradually playing larger venues and in the early days PA systems were kind of non-existent. So to play loud, we had to use louder equipment. The PA systems back then didn't mic the instruments - only the vocals.More [09/11/2011 06:09:44]
It is essential that policy instruments be developed that would firmly establish democratization on the basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.More [09/12/2011 10:09:44]
In most places that are rich in guitar culture, everyone uses their fingers, like in Spain or Africa. In Japan there are string instruments played that way. It is not until you get in the States that you find people using picks.More [09/12/2011 10:09:46]
What I enjoy most about being on stage is that the natural instruments give you a greater freedom with texture. When you use natural instruments they have their own resonance.More [09/25/2011 02:09:18]

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